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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 3:47 am 
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ok listen
I am seriously considering buying this lens
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is it a great compliment to a 35mm f/2
still seeking a answer need to know
I just wanna buy the right glass
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Well,you can start from here: http://www.photozone.de/nikon--nikkor-a ... est-report
And compared to the F/1.4 version: sharper borders & slightly softer center

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Thomas wrote:
Well, if you produce 800x500 shots you could do with a p&s.
No need to discuss CAs, sharpness, focus-quality then :D


OMG!! Where can I buy this point and shoot that shoots at f1.8 AND Iso 6400?!!

Seriously, get a grip.

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elijahschaffer wrote:
ok listen
I am seriously considering buying this lens
need serious feedback
is it a great compliment to a 35mm f/2
still seeking a answer need to know
I just wanna buy the right glass
plus light


Seriously, just buy it and see for yourself. I'll bet you my left nut that you won't moan about it the way Thomas does.

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As Gregory pointed out, there is not so much of a difference "shooting at f1.8 as opposed to 2.5 or 2.8". Seriously, Elijah: Your 70-200 VR is a very good lens, a flexible zoom and a fine performer: I wouldn't bother with the 85/1.8.
On a personal note: I really wanted a bright, large aperture, sharp 85mm lens and would have loved to add it to my 10+ lens-collection. But after my tests I shied away. One of the most critical reasons being the unreliable focus! Because with a large aperture lens you want the focus to be dead-on.
If you want a sharp, well-focusing small 85mm lens with probably much better CAs: consider the new micro-Nikkor AF-S VR DX Micro 85mm 3.5G IF-ED. It also adds very nice macro capabilities to your setup and is stabilized, Elijah.

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I have this lens and indeed, the focus can be a tiny bit off sometimes, but I just make sure to focus carefully. I'd buy it again if I could go back in time.

Also, manual focusing is a joy with this lens.

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I'm buying this lens [used] on Saturday, I read this thread over a few times before making the decision. For me, the good outweighs the bad. All primes have some CA and fringing wide open. I've seen plenty of samples from this lens around the net and in general, not many complaints.

I have a 17-50 2.8 that I use most of the time. I don't need a prime in that range, the 85mm seems perfect to compliment it. Good for those times 50mm isn't near enough reach. It's practically a fast tele-prime. Good for gigs, weddings, street, portraiture.

I got to use the 1.4 version a few weeks ago and loved it. But I dislike the price! :(

The 1.8 is next best thing, I'm looking forward to using it.

Nice review, but a little overly negative perhaps. As I found across numerous reiews nowhere near as many cons. Nobody else seems to be worried about the magnification, as it's mostly used for portrait/distance shooting.

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aqsually,the 85mm is horrible for street :D this coming from a guy that doesn't consider the AF-S in the 18-105mm fast enough. the 85mm is very very slow on my D80

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^ The 85 is fine for street.

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on a D700,maybe.

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I really liked my 85 for street. Still sad I sold it.

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No. On any camera. On a D80 it's just as fine. I've got both remember. There's more than one way to shoot street. There's your way, and there's taking your time, not worrying about other people seeing you taking their photo, getting the shot. There's nothing wrong with the lens, or the body you have. It's your technique.

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slow focusing means a lost shot for street...sorry,can't agree with you. for static street shots,yes,it works just fine.

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It's a lost shot if your focus hunts, but there's a fat chance your lens is already near the distance you want to focus on.

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Slow focus?? It's fast as any other prime on my D90. And I've taken some street shots, it's perfect. Gives you ample distance to get candids. I'm not big on street, unless they're nicely done. I don't like invasive. It's a bit chicken to use a long zoom and hide away taking snaps of unsuspecting people. When i do bother, I stand right out. Sure they won't always know 'm specifically shooting them, but they'll be aware I'm shooting something around them.

Anyway, great lens, loving it so far. Mostly used it indoors as the weather has been brutal over here. But I did take those few street shots when I purchased it, on the way home.

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